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SMGS at Font de Llop Feb 12th, 2020 

Thirty-seven members were joined by several guests for SMGS’s latest visit to Font de Llop. With each visit enabling the discovery of new ways to get there (at least 4 to date if coming from the south) it seems society members have conquered the need to look for ways of getting off of the toll motorway to Valencia (hopefully they can manage the same when we next visit Alenda!!).

The course wasn’t in the greatest condition, certainly down on the excellent state it was in during our last visit in October (even though it had then recently been affected by severe September storms), with slow somewhat bumpy greens and a lot of died back grass edging those greens as well as fairways.

A second nine increase in the wind, against for 5 of the 9 holes to be played, unlike the calm conditions on the front half, also made life more difficult. With a few dodgy pin positions thrown in, a couple verging on rule breaking, good scoring was difficult. This was reflected in only 9 members breaking 30 points, 5 of those in Silver Category.

Whilst it was great to see octogenarian Norman McBride not only back in the fold but also easily winning Bronze Category, it was Gold Category’s Robin Eastman (42) who shone. The author had the pleasure of playing in the same 4 ball, and Robin’s overall play, and especially putting, was superb on a difficult day and course.

Winning from the rest of the field by 6 points is witness to the quality of his golf. Interestingly it seems that each time we visit Font de Llop one player records a stand out score, it being Dave Alderdice last time out with 41 points.

The day’s results were the following:

Bronze Category: 5th Tommy Boyle (26 on CB), 4th Norman Padmore (26 on CB), 3rd Mick Seymour (27), 2nd Mike Kaylor (28) and 1st, by a very significant margin, Norman McBride with 34 points.

Silver Category: 5th Brian Mulligan (32 on CB), 4th Ivan Hanak (32 on CB), 3rd Alan MacDonald (33), 2nd Phil de Lacy (34) and 1st Kyrre Skarsmoen with 36 points.

Gold Category: 5th Dave Alderdice (27), 4th Colin Smith (30), 3rd David Rowe (32), 2nd Tony Smale (33) and 1st, with by far the day’s best score, Robin Eastman with 42 points

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 3 Pete Cuniff, Hole 8 Tony Smale, Hole 12 Rob Fyfe, Hole 16 Gary Hewitson and Hole 17 Adrian Roberts.

Abacus (sponsored by Ron Stenhouse and Gordon Wilson): Due to non-attendance at prize giving by a list of the actual and possible winners, Lee Eastman finally took the quality red wine on offer.

Best Guest Winners: 1st Rock Loveday (32), 2nd Tony Monsellato (31)

Our thanks go to all Font de Llop staff for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Altorreal for the 3rd round of SMGS’s President’s Trophy. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Phil de Lacy a call on 966774197.

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SMGS at Villamartin. December 18 th , 2019

Another good turnout in the run-up to Christmas, with 41 members and 4 guests making their way to Villamartin following a 6 month absence from the course.

Once a monthly regular this was only SMGS’s third visit in 2019, a combination of factors involved in that decision. Those that came found a course in very good condition, especially the greens which were excellent.

Always testing, although often leaving a feeling that one really should have done better, Villamartin deceives in its difficulty. So congratulations to Mike Greatorex (the day’s best round of 40 points), Darren Hancock, Colin Smith and Hugh Reilly for bettering their handicaps. Darren also had a run of nearest the pins on the par threes, at one point claiming at least three of them, but eventually having to settle for one.

Bronze category was the tightest, with Mike Kaylor (33) winning on countback from Mike Jordan and Alan Hill, and Neil Oliver only one point behind. The Abacus, greeted with a loud cheer, went to Mick Roscoe following actual winner Ralph Tilbrook giving up his claim to the coveted prize of an excellent bottle of Valencian red.

Prize giving was held at the Ale House in Villamartin Plaza, where the hosts kindly provided Chilli con Carne and rice for the starving souls awaiting the in-it-to-win-it draw and day’s results, which were the following:

Bronze Category: 5 th Mick Seymour (30 on CB), 4 th Neil Oliver (32), 3 rd Alan Hill (33 on CB), 2 nd Mike Jordan (33 on CB) and 1 st Mike Kaylor, also with 33 points

Silver Category: 5 th Phil de Lacy (32), 4 th Chris Wren (34), 3 rd Ian Merga (36), 2 nd Hugh Reilly (37) and first Mike Greatorex (as he did almost a year ago at the same course during SMGS’s penultimate visit to Villamartin when winning his category), scoring excellently, and this time with the day’s best return of 40 points

Gold Category: 5 th Theo Boelhouwer (30), 4 th Norman Cahill (31), 3 rd Eva Pettersen (33), 2 nd Colin Smith (38 on CB) and 1 st Darren Hancock, also with 38 points

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 6 Darren Hancock, Hole 9 Dennis Freeman, Hole 13 Eva Pettersen, Hole 17 Adrian Roberts

Abacus: Won by Ralph Tilbrook, but the bottle of wine graciously given to runner-up Mick Roscoe

Best Guest Winners: Dave Rowe (28) beat Andy Crowe (27) in to 2 nd place

Our thanks go to all Villamartin staff for their contribution to a very enjoyable day.

Next week we will be at Vistabella for a Christmas to-be-confirmed format competition, then at Roda on January 2 nd for the society’s first 2020 event. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Phil de Lacy a call on 652553362.

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SMGS at La Serena. November 6 th , 2019. Bogey’s Shield Round 1

The first medal round of the SMGS 2019/20 season, played as part of the year’s Bogey’s Shield competition, saw an excellent turnout of 40 members and 8 guests. The last time we were here in September DANA was approaching, with the following 2 days having some terrible consequences for a number of members, especially those with their homes in the Vega Baja area. Nearly two months later some still have repairs to their housing ongoing.

So a day of golf should have come as a nice form of relief for many. And it probably was. But for most the windy conditions, well set back tees and, unfortunately again, slow play, meant that it became something of a hardship. Of course sixteen holes with water doesn’t help, but the up to 30km/hr wind which switched directions during the round was the main cause of grief. Bronze category players in particular suffered.

Only 13 players beat a nett 80, the star return of the day being posted by Theo Boelhouwer with a nett 69, the only person to beat their handicap. And a special mention for Kev Allbright. Having received the often much coveted runner/runner etc. up Abacus back in December Kev came 2 nd to Theo on the day, recording a nett 73. A different form of being runner-up!!

Winning results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4 th Norman Padmore (81 on CB), 3 rd Sandra Dibble (81 on CB), 2 nd Carmel McCann (80), and 1 st Dave Bishop with a nett 78.

Silver Category: 4 th Hugh Reilly (77), 3 rd Alan MacDonald (76 on CB), 2 nd Scotty Phillips (76 on CB), and first Kev Allbright with a nett 73.

Gold Category: 4 th Norman Cahill (76 on CB), 3 rd Bjorn Pettersson (76 on CB), 2 nd Tony Smale (76 on CB) and 1 st , with the day’s best score, Theo Boelhouwer with an excellent nett 69.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Mick Roscoe’s Property Shop): Hole 3 Steve Chard,

Hole 9 Chris Wren, Hole 15 Carmel McCann, Hole 17 Robin Eastman.

Abacus: Mick Roscoe

Best Guest Winners: 1 st Grattan Forber (80), 2 nd Ian Wilson (85 on CB), 3 rd Ann Webster (85 on CB)

Our thanks go to all La Serena staff for their contribution to an enjoyable day, and especially for honouring their commitment to offering members a free round following a previous golf day misunderstanding. Next week we will be at La Torre.

 

 

 

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SMGS at Roda. August 14th, 2019

After our humid exertions around Las Ramblas last time out, this week’s medal competition at Roda was “just a walk in the park, Kazansky”. A flat track and a cooling coastal breeze reduced the thermal stress factor even if the deep first cut of rough called for some strenuous digging to extract balls nestled down in the depths.

Overall, the course was in excellent condition and reflected the big financial investment we understand has gone into it recently. The bunkers especially were a proper sandy contrast to the shallow-filled, builder’s yard sweepings found in some of the local courses we’ve encountered this summer. Just saying.

The field of 28 members and 5 guests were completing the final round of this season’s Bogeys competition, a format which still seems to frighten off a few of the regulars. With the par +5 maximum per hole scoring format applying, it really isn’t that much different to a Stableford round. Again, just saying.

Nearys;  BTB, Mick, Best Guest Connor and Willie
Nearys; BTB, Mick, Best Guest Connor and Willie

John Urquhart was the runner-up guest with Connor Lambert taking best guest honours with a superb net 67.

In Bronze, Mike Kaylor finished third on countback (85), new member Steve Sutherland came second (81) and the winner was everyone’s favourite barranca diver, Alan Macdonald, with a very tidy net par round of 72.

Silver division featured Ian Merga making a run from Abacus last week to third this time out (78), followed by Kyrre Skarsmoen (75) and the ever-consistent Chris Wren, who sealed victory with a net 73.

Scoring in Gold was very good (at the top of the field, at least) with Captain Tony in third with a net 73. Joost Boelhouwer was second with an impressive 72 off his 7 handicap but the winner – yet again – was David Alderdice with an outstanding net 67. The handicap committee are debating whether to cut his handicap by 2 or just cut 2 inches off his driver. At the head end.

Nearest the pins were nailed by David Alderdice, Barry (tB) Roehrig, Willie Fenn and Mick Cook. Prizes sponsored by the Property Shop – many thanks, as always, Mick.

The Abacus award for the best job of adding up a very large number went to Kevin Allbright, kindly sponsored and presented by Mike of Mike’s IPTV.

Lastly in last and definitely not least, Abacus winner; Kev “gercha” Allbright
Lastly in last and definitely not least, Abacus winner; Kev “gercha” Allbright

Finally, the season-long Bogey competition went down to the wire with countback being required to separate runner-up Robin Eastman from this year’s model of medal consistency, Barry Roehrig. Congratulations and well played to you both.

Next week we’re on our outing to Lorca. The cost has been reduced – check the website for details – and sign on by Friday 16 August, please.

Other events upcoming after Lorca are at Vistabella and La Finca. To find out more visit our website www.smgs.org or give our Captain, Tony Smale, a call on 639129223.

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SMGS at Vistabella. April 24th, 2019

Another good SMGS turnout saw 42 members and 5 guests arriving at a sunny but chilly Vistabella for a 9am shotgun start. Indubitably, the cold air increased the usual rate of first hole knee-knocking among those who had bravely opted to wear short trousers.  Where do we find such men?

Thanks to the recent deluge which hinted at the second coming of Noah, buggies were restricted to the concrete paths for two reasons:

1) to avoid damaging sodden fairways

2) the vehicles are not amphibious.

This led those who use buggies – the old, the infirm, the downright lazy – to actually walk more than the, erm, walkers with trolleys. And they paid 5 euros more for the privilege!

Greens were in excellent condition but, like a Katie Price autobiography, difficult to read. There were some tricky pin positions and some bunkers awash with water channels but overall the course was in great nick given the heavy rain at the weekend.

Unfortunately one of our members was unable to continue after 7 holes due to sudden illness. However, on hearing this, Vistabella management issued him with a free voucher – a munificent goodwill gesture greatly appreciated by the society.

At the par three hole 11, Hugh Reilly proudly put his name on the nearest–the-pin card until it was unhelpfully pointed out to him by his fellow players that his first shot had been a mis-hit that barely made the Ladies Tee!

Winning results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 5th Carmel McCann(28), 4th Roger Brierley (32), 3rd Bob Eyland (33), 2nd Mark Ronson(34) and 1st, Ken Flaherty (39) Taking top points for the order of merit.

Silver Category: 5th Adrian Roberts (36), 4th Steve Hart (37), 3rd Kyrre Skarsmoen (38 on CB), 2nd Paul Lambert (38 on CB) and 1st Phil De Lacy (39)

Gold Category: 5th Ivor Turkington (34 on CB), 4th Robin Eastman (34 on CB), 3rd Graham Temple (34 on CB), 2nd Hugh Reilly (36) and 1st Joost Boelhouwer with 39 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 2 Phil De lacy, Hole 7 Mick Roscoe, Hole 11 Barry Roehrig, Hole 15 Joost Boelhouwer

Abacus (sponsored by Adrian Rudge): John Rose

Best Guest: Roddy Duncan (37). Second Best Guest: Bruce Boswell (35)

Our thanks go to all Vistabella staff for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Alenda, then on following weeks at El Valle and Font De Llop. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Tony Smale a call on 628 22 76 87.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Las Colinas 20th June, 2018

Las Colinas reports to be one of the best courses in the region, today it did not disappoint.  The course was in excellent condition, tee to green. A somewhat reduced field of 33 members and 2 guests turned up to play round four of the society’s Bogeys Shield. A less popular medal format comp.

Some tricky pin positions kept the scoring honest, with only two players shooting a net 70, 1 under par. Gold division produced the best scores of the day. Matt Taylor was top gun, beating Darren Hancock (on Countback) after recovering from an 8 on the first. Only three other players recorded net level par, including a 10 and a 9. Sandbagging chaps?

Captain Tony Smale’s recent handicap chop did not affect him too much, scoring a net 73. The rest of the field tapered away to a distant, wine winning, nett 97! Darren is top of the Bogeys leaderboard with a total score of 219 over three rounds.

The results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Brian Butler (75), 3rd Flaherty (74), 2nd Keith Stevenson (72), 1st Mick Roscoe (71).

Silver Category: 4th Paddy Diskin (79), Mike Kaylor (74), 2nd Brian Mulligan (72), Mike Inns (71).

Gold Category: 4th Tony Smale (73), 3rd Paul Tomlinson (71), 2nd Darren Hancock (70 C/B), 1st Matthew Taylor (70).

Nearest the pins: Hole 5 (G) Darren Hancock. Hole 7 (All) Matt Taylor. 10 (B) Gerald Turner. Hole 14 (S) Mike Kaylor. Hole 17 (All) Andy Crowe.

Best Guest: Jim Imrie (now a member, welcome Jim).

The Abacus was won by budding wine collector Bob Eyland.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Alenda April 4th, 2018

Warm sunshine but a very blustery wind welcomed members to Alenda golf course. The end of “pick and play” meant a return to “real golf”, that is, golfers occasionally playing from bare lies or divots on the fairways. Greens where, as always, in great nick.

Given the conditions, it was no surprise that scoring was on the low side. John Osborne being the only one to tame the course with a creditable 37 points. As the overall winner of the Presidents Trophy Round 2 he received a polo shirt, kindly sponsored by MoneyCorp and presented by Andrew Shaw.

There were three singles matchplay games. Norman Padmore beat Darren Hancock 2&1

only to be later disqualified under breach of rule 6.2. A hard pill to swallow but taken honourably. Phil De Lacy beat Steve Higgins at the 2nd extra hole, and Kyrre Skarsmoen beat Mike Jordan by 2 holes.

San Miguel Golf Society at Alenda April 4th, 2018

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Norman McBride (31 on CB), 3rd Norman Padmore (31 on CB), 2nd Charlie Harkin (32) and 1st Marg Birtwhistle (33)

 Silver Category: 4th Mike Inns (27 on CB), 3rd Paul Wainwright (28), 2nd Kevin Allbright (29), and 1st Ken Flaherty (31)

Gold Category: 4th Robin Eastman (29), 3rd Darren Temple (30), 2nd Darren Hancock (33), and 1st John Osborne (37)

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s went to Tony Smale, Mike Inns, Keith Stevenson and Kyrre Skarsmoen. Each winning a sleeve of balls donated by MoneyCorp.

Best guest prize went to Josh Cook.

Bjorn Pettersson won this week’s Abacus, gratefully accepted a bottle of wine from our generous sponsor, Gordon Wilson.

Our thanks to the staff at Alenda for their contribution to the day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at La Serena.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Vistabella GOLF March 21st, 2018

Weather conditions that one normally associates with links golf on the Baltic greeted the 43 members and one guest at Vistabella. Woolly hats were on show, a rare sight in these parts. However, the day brightened and the cold breeze abated enough to see jackets and jumpers being removed.

Greens, as ever, were slick and well prepared. Buggies not being allowed on the front nine fairways slowed up proceedings somewhat but it was evident that that the new layout needs protection. Tricky pin positions added to the difficulty of building a good score. Given the circumstances, the points amassed by prize-winners were praiseworthy.

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Keith Stevenson (37 on CB), 3rd John Trehy (37), 2nd Charlie Harkin (38) and 1st Norman McBride (40)

Silver Category: 4th Ken Flaherty (33), 3rd Kevin Albright (34), 2nd Phil De Lacy (36), and 1st Hugh Reilly (37)

Gold Category: 4th Mike Frankish (34), 3rd Tony Smale (35), 2nd Bjorn Petersson (36), and 1st Humphrey Kelleher (38)

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s to Kyree Skarsmoen, Mike Freeman, Chris Hamlett and Norman Cahill.

Mike Inns won the Abacus…again. This week, the Abacus was once more sponsored by Adrian Rudge, golf professional at Vistabella. The wonderful prize of a free golf lesson voucher will hopefully mean that Mike’s monopoly of the Abacus will end soon.

In the matchplay competition, Hugh Reilly and Brian Mulligan won 4 and 2 against Norman Cahill and Mike Jordan.

Our thanks to the staff at Vistabella for their contribution to the day. Bar service was excellent and the reasonably priced drinks were greatly appreciated by all.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Roda.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Hacienda del Alamo. March 7th, 2018

Bright sunshine and a stiff breeze greeted the 27 members and 3 guests who moseyed on down to Hacienda Del Alamo for a Bogeys Medal game. The smaller than usual band of golfing brothers was probably due to the course being the second longest in Spain and the medal format which many golfers disdain.

Scoring was a tad unimpressive, best exemplified by Ivan Hanak’s 4 over par 76 stealing the show. While some members blamed the extraordinarily firm fairways and the recently spiked greens for the high scoring, others chose to invent different excuses.

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 3rd Chris Hamblett (84 CB), 2nd Kyree Skarsmoen (80) and 1st Mike Inns (78)

 Silver Category: 3rd Theo Boelhouwer (78 CB), 2nd Paul Kelsall 77), and 1st Ivan Hanak (76)

Gold Category: 3rd Bjorn Pettersson (79), 2nd Steve Locke (78 CB), and 1st Darren Hancock (78)

The committee’s cunning plan of creating a greater spread of nearest the pin winners – by allocating individual holes to each category and one hole for all players – went somewhat awry due to “confusion in the ranks, sah!” Darren Hancock won in gold and Bjorn Pettersson won the par 3 open all. Sadly, Bronze and silver awards were casualties of the chaos.

Best guest was Trevor Wignall with 84.

Winner of the Abacus was Brian Butler who last week was the winner of the bronze category. Had his strokes been cricket runs, his score would have had MCC members cheering from the rafters.

Our thanks to the staff at Hacienda Del Alamo for their contribution to the day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Alicante.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Vistabella Golf. February 28th, 2018

Poldark-like, overcast conditions greeted the thirty nine members and three guests at Vistabella. In terms of playing the newly-added 7 holes, most were Vistabella virgins. Most of the participants were impressed by the lay-out. However, the rock-hard fairways meant even duffed shots ran like balls on buggy paths.

As always at this course, the undulating greens sorted out men from the boys. Sadly, again, slow play was an issue with some groups taking more than 5 hours to complete the round. The knock-on effect led to early flights waiting in the clubhouse for more than 2 hours for the presentation. Ready golf, gents!

Surprisingly, given the new holes and tricky greens, the scoring in all categories was worthy of praise. Top score of the day belonged to Brian Butler (winning on countback from Mike Inns) with a magnificent 39 points. This week’s Abacus prize was sponsored by Adrian Rudge, golf professional at Vistabella. Instead of the usual bottle of red wine, the bottom scorer – John Osborne – received a voucher for an obviously much-needed golf lesson from Adrian.

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Norman Padmore (35), 3rd Norman McBride (38), 2nd Mike Inns (39) and 1st Brian Butler (39 points on CB)

Silver Category: 4th Theo Boelhower (32 on CB), 3rd Brian Mulligan (33), 2nd Roger Webb (34), and 1st Phil De Lacy (36 points)

Gold Category: 4th Bjorn Petterson (34), 3rd Tony Smale (35), 2nd Robin Eastman (37), and 1st Mike Greaterox (37 points on CB)

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (G, S,B & open to all) went to Kyree Skarsmoen, Roger Webb, John Osborne and Joan Balkwill.

Best guest was Roy Foster with 36 points, with Joan Balkwill in runner-up position.

Our thanks to the staff at Vistabella for their contribution to the day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628 227 687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Hacienda Del Alamo.

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